If you're looking for history, culture and cuisine, there's nowhere better to explore than Pavia, an enchanting city whose roots can be traced back to before the Roman era! Famed for its prestigious university which is one of the oldest in Europe, its stunning Renaissance architecture and its medieval towers, you'll find culture around every corner and under every portico in this city. Stroll though the narrow streets of the historic centre, taking in the beautifully preserved architecture and seeing the landmarks that helped make Pavia Milan's one time rival city! As well as its rich history, Pavia is known for its rich cuisine; with your local, discover the gastronomic delicacies that the city is famed for as you stroll around and when you stop for lunch.
Join a like-minded local and take the short train ride to Pavia, a historic city which is said to pre-date even the Roman era. Join a like-minded local and take the short train ride to Pavia, a historic city which is said to pre-date even the Roman era. As soon as you step off the train you'll be in the historic centre of the city; wander through the paved and cobbled narrow streets, and visit landmarks like the the 12th century Church of Santa Maria di Betlem, the Renaissance Visconti Castle, Pavia Cathedral and the Romanesque Church of San Michele which is where Italy's kings were once crowned! Visit the world renowned University of Pavia, which was founded in 1361 and is one of the oldest and most prestigious in Europe, with alumni including Christopher Columbus! Pavia was once known as 'the city of a hundred towers', and although only three are still standing today discovering those that are still standing will give you glimpse into the city's past life. Soak up the history of the city as you explore, discovering why Pavia was so important in the geographic and political history of the Lombardy region, before you stop to enjoy a delicious lunch at one of the many renowned Michelin starred restaurants or family run osterias that the city is home to.